A hammertoe is a contracture (bending) deformity of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Commonly experienced by women who wear high heels and/or footwear that is narrow in the toe area. Not only that, but a hammertoe leads to a series of other foot problems, including soft corns, calluses, blisters, as well as crooked, contracted and rigid/stiff toes.
Depending on your specific condition, your ProHealth Foot & Ankle Surgeon may recommend Lync implants for several reasons that will benefit you.
Hammertoes can recur, especially if the bones in the toe were not able to fully heal. As an alternative to traditional treatments, the Lync implants are completely embedded in the toes. There is no need for a revision or removal surgery after implantation. Following surgery patients can continue to maintain a pain free, active lifestyle with great looking toes.
The internal designs of the Lync implants eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience of exposed and protruding wires commonly associated with traditional hammertoe treatments.
Ordinary hammertoe procedures often use exposed wires which extend outside the end of toes for 4-6 weeks. Common problems associated with wires include infection where the wires come out of the toe, breakage, pain from hitting the wire, and lack of rotational stability causing the toe to look crooked. In addition, wires require a second in-office procedure to remove them, which can cause a lot of anxiety for many patients.
Once inserted, Lync implants remain within the bone, correcting the pain and deformity of hammertoes while eliminating many of the complications specific traditional treatments.
Lync implants provide the following important post-operative benefits:
- No wires sticking out of the toes
- Normal bathing, hygiene and comfort during sleep
- Ability to return to work and normal activities
Any surgery requires a period of healing and rehabilitation. However, by eliminating many of the complications and hassles associated with wires, the Lync implants are designed to simplify your recovery to get you back on your feet quickly.